PCL Prepares for Growth in the Construction Market

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​EDMONTON, Alberta — PCL is positioning itself to achieve its target of becoming a $10B company as the North American construction market climbs out of recession.  PCL employees joined together with executives, local board members, and guests on Monday, June 13, at an official sod-turning for a new PCL building, at the PCL Business Park in Edmonton. PCL Construction Management is building the new office, which will be home to more than 200 employees. This newest expansion provides a place from where the construction firm can better support its operating districts.
Paul Douglas, CEO (center with shovel) and members of the
PCL Board of Directors. From left to right, Rob Holmberg,
Peter Stalenhoef, Gord Maron, Paul Douglas, Doug Stollery,
Ian Johnston, Ross Grieve, Gord Panas
“PCL has strategically positioned itself in all its markets across North America to take advantage of the economic recovery,” says Paul Douglas, PCL president and CEO. “As our districts get busier, they’ll depend even more on the support of our corporate services departments to ensure they have all the tools they need to perform at their highest level and exceed customer expectations.”
This is one of several expansion projects in recent years that include the Ross Grieve Centennial Learning Centre in Edmonton and PCL office buildings in Bakersfield, California, and Seattle, Washington.
The new building’s notable features include three floors of office space, a data centre, and an 80-person auditorium with retractable, tiered seating.
It is also a green building, in keeping with PCL’s commitment to sustainable design and construction processes. Under the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) system, new construction projects can earn certification based on a variety of criteria related to sustainability.
Rob Holmberg, president of Western Canadian Buildings for PCL, led the program on Monday morning and was excited to discuss the green features that form an inherent part of the building’s design.
“The new building will have an energy-efficient, high performance building envelope system, a heat-recovery system from the data centre, a highly reflective roof on the third story, and green roofs over the second story and basement. Rainwater will be collected in a cistern for landscape irrigation, and low-flow plumbing throughout the building will minimize water usage.”
Project manager Mike Widdifield explains that, as well as being green, the design of the new building is very focused on its occupants. “The shape of the building was developed to maximize daylight and views; lunch and lounge space has been included overlooking the existing gardens, which are being extended; and the green roof and garden courtyards provide aesthetic spaces in an industrial area.”
“We are a giving organization,“ says Douglas. “It has always been a part of our company culture to try to improve the communities we work and live in. This same community-building spirit is alive and well in all of PCL’s district offices across the United States and Canada.  As we grow, so does our ability to give.”
Construction is scheduled to be complete in late 2012, and the building will be substantially occupied in January 2013.
The PCL family of companies is a group of independent construction companies which carry out diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $5 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in the United States. Offices are strategically located in major North American centers to support work across Canada, the continental United States, Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Caribbean. Watch us build at www.pcl.com